Zanele Montle

Zanele Montle was born in Kwa Zulu Natal, Empangeni, on 19 October 1992. She started her Schooling at Empangeni Primary School in 1999 thereafter attended Empangeni High School from 2006 to 2010. After completing her matric with a distinction in Art she moved to Gauteng and enrolled for a National Diploma in Visual Arts at the University of Johannesburg. She completed her National Diploma in Applied Arts in 2013 and in 2014 graduated with a BTech Degree in Applied Arts at Tshwane University of Technology.

Zanele Montle is very passionate about art education. In 2019, she obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Education with a specialisation in Art from the University of Johannesburg. Between 2016 and 2018 Montle acquired skills in Graphic Design, Gallery Management and Marketing. ˃˃˃ While her current work has a strong sense of design elements in its effortless approach of articulating its subject matter in vivid colours, a familiarity with her concept at this point in her artistic practice, reveals a continuous questioning of what defines black identity through her depiction of everyday life activities in acrylics. ˂˂˂  

Image on the left, Zanele Montle, 2021. Self portrait.

Work and other experiences


Marketing Assistant, SummerTime  

Skills Development Programme sponsored by Google


UX Design Course, Tsimologong Precinct


Gallery Manager, Hazard Gallery

2019 (Currently):

Art Teacher, Orban Primary School

Art Exhibitions

2015: Jozi (Pty) Ltd. A group show held at Art It Is (2 July 2015)

2020: Reflection of ‘The Self’. A group exhibition held at The Project Space (21 November 2020 to), Johannesburg.

2021: Inner City Contemporaries. A group exhibition held at Riboville Boutique and Restaurant (06 February – 20 March 2021).

Read More 

Kgokong, M.A. & Montle Z. 2021Intraparadox, A Correspondence with Zanele Montle: Persistence of primaries.